Noha Essam, Ralitsa Debrah and Schalk van Staden joining Cumulus Roma 2021 conference as Cumulus PLUS+ grantees

Through PLUS+ grant scheme Cumulus mobilizes academics from different parts of the world and countries less familiar to Cumulusians to join the conferences under the Cumulus umbrella.

Cumulus has the pleasure to welcome three Cumulus PLUS+ grantees to virtually join our conference in Cumulus Roma 2021 Design Culture(s) on June 8-11, 2021. Please learn more about Noha, Ralitsa and Schalk!

Dr. Noha Essam, PhD, MA, MSc
A Futurist, Sustainable Design Researcher & Environmental Psychologist, Postdoc Associate at London South Bank University (LSBU)
A. Professor of Interior Architecture & Interdisciplinary Design, German University In Cairo (GUC), Egypt

E-mail: noha.khamis@guc.edu.eg

Dr. Noha Essam is a Design Educator, Interior Architect, Interdisciplinary Designer, Creative Trend Consultant & A futurist, and A Certified Environmental Psychologist.
Dr. Noha works as A. Professor of Interior Architecture & Interdisciplinary design at the German University in Cairo (GUC). A Postdoc Associate at London South Bank University (LSBU), Former A. Professor of Interior Architecture MSA University. Adjunct Prof. of Interior Design, AASTMT. A Member of World Design Organization-WDO. Dr. Noha received her Ph.D. with honor from Faculty of Fine Arts in Cairo, and two Masters degrees, M.Sc. Environmental Psychology from St. Lawrence College, Canada and M.A. Interior Architecture, Faculty of Fine Arts in Cairo, Egypt. She was shortlisted for The Best PhD Interdisciplinary Thesis among Middle East Universities for the topic of “Phobia of Spaces” for the year 2018.

She is the founder of Studio ne+ (Foresight Research based Design Platform). Also, She is the founder of “Be Transformed” Initiative to bridge the gap between education and creative industries. Dr. Noha’s researches develop better understandings of the relations between art and design education, and the creative industry. Her researches focuses on the interdisciplinary studies of future literacy of design education, environmental psychology & attaining SDG’s through design education and futures forecasting. She has over Fourteen years of experience in interior architecture, design consultancy and business development upon working in several firms in Egypt & Canada. Dr. Noha’s consultancy practices side to side with her academic background enhances the language of creativity in the design community. Through her passion for sensory design, ethnographic researches, and future forecasting techniques that is based on human experience and the reflection of users’ needs, Dr. Noha focused on linking the scientific research methodology, typological studies, art-based communication tools with practical practices to design and consult for corporates and brands in order to add value to the creative industry and design education.

Ralitsa Diana Debrah
Designer, Educator and Researcher
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana, West Africa

E-mail: rddebrah.art@knust.edu.gh

Ralitsa Diana Debrah is a design educator and researcher at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Ghana, West Africa. She is part of the Design Research Activity Workgroup network (DRAWn) – Afrika at KNUST and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), South Africa where she serves as a design researcher. Ralitsa has been working collaboratively with the DRAWn Afrika team and DesignBRICS network to explore sustainable solutions to climate change matters by design on the Afrikan continent. She is currently exploring Pluriversal design strategies in education through DESIS Lab initiatives to promote sustainable “design for a better world” – WDO.

Ralitsa’s research interests include: – Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability; Educational Technology for Social Transformation; Informatics and Design within Trans-disciplinary settings. She is a lifelong learner and a Futurist. She loves People, Design, Technology and Research.

Schalk van Staden
Acting Section Head: Department of Visual Communication, and Lecturer: Integrated Communication Design
Tshwane University of Technology, South Africa

E-mail: vanstadenps@tut.ac.za

Schalk van Staden is a design educator interested in philosophy, art and design, and design education. From a young age, he has been fascinated by cartoons, comics, illustration, drawing and yes, toys. He was particularly intrigued about the transcending ability these mediums have to move beyond reality and shape a different world, which led him to study art and design. He has thirteen years of experience in higher education and currently works as a lecturer and acting section head at Tshwane University of Technology, Faculty of Arts and Design, in the Department of Visual Communication, South Africa. He is in the process of completing his doctoral study titled, Towards a new epistemology of design: The cosmosisation of the common and the Lefebvrian production of space, specialising in epistemology and cosmosisation of design and design practice. From a design education perspective does he use design thinking as a strategy for organisational and student development, enabling students and an organisation to develop creative and innovative solutions to problems, building global citizenship to positively impact society and be leaders of change and future pioneers.

About Cumulus PLUS+
The aim is to create the opportunity for friendship between people and generate partnership and exchange of knowledge between the different institutions. Cumulus mobilizes candidates with a travel grant to come over to the conferences under the Cumulus umbrella. The target group are academics and staff working in colleges and universities in art, design and media in higher education from different parts of the world and countries less familiar to Cumulusians.
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